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Lot #    12355
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 10:04:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Herev Nokemet Nekam-Berit
Title (Hebrew)    חרב נקמת נקם ברית
Author    [Polemic - Reform] [Meyer Israel Bresselau]
City    Dessau
Publication Date    1819
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. 16 pp. plus title wrappers, 210:120 mm., light age staining, corners rounded. A very good copy of a rare polemic bound in the original paper wrapprs. No copy in most major collections.
          
Detailed
Description
   Herev Nokemet Nekam-Berit, a rhymed polemic written in a satirical biblical style, is remarkable in its witty take-off on the Orthodox rabbis who opposed the reforms in the Hamburg Reform synagogue (temple). It ranks among the best Hebrew polemic literature written at the time of the Haskalah. Written in answer to Elleh Divrei ha-Berit (Altona, 1819), which collated the views of the greatest Orthodox rabbis of Western Europe against Reform Judaism and its innovations. Bresselau published the polemic anonymously. To counteract Bresselau's polemic work R. M. L. Reinitz published Lahat ha-Herev ha-Mithappekhet (1820).

Meyer Israel Bresselau (d. 1839), Hebrew writer and one of the leaders of the Reform movement. He was the state notary for the Jews of Hamburg. In 1818, together with I. S. Fraenkel he edited and adapted a prayer book for the Hamburg Reform Temple under the title Seder ha-Avodah.

          
Paragraph 2    ... [מאת מאיר ישראל ברעסלוי] ...

טכסט גם על המעטפת הימנית. נגד הספר "אלה דברי הברית", אלטונא, תקע"ט, בדבר ה"היכל" הריפורמי שנוסד בהאמבורג, שהמחבר היה אחד ממיסדיו. עיין: שמעון ברנפלד, תולדות הריפורמציון הדתית בישראל, קראקא תר"ס, עמ' 87. תשובה לספר זה נדפסה בספר "להט החרב המתהפכת", [קראקא] תק"ף.

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0114941; EJ; Zinberg, Sifrut, v. 5 (1959), p. 298; Waxman, Literature, v.3 (1960), pp. 352, 408.
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
Polemics:    Checked
Reform:    Checked
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica